The Ritz — South Street

The Ritz Cinema

The following is a small account of paranormal happenings, backed by employers and previous Investigations

The Ritz Cinema was constructed for Ritz (Ilkeston) Ltd., independent exhibitors, and was designed in a modern Art Deco style by Nottingham-based architect Reginald W.G. Cooper. This was Cooper’s seventh cinema design project. The cinema opened on May 20, 1938, with Barbara Stanwick’s “Stella Dallas” and British film star Victor McLaglen, invited by his nephew J.V. McLaglen, who was the Ritz Cinema’s first manager, as a guest of honor.

The cinema’s unique style closely resembled the Odeon theaters that were being built during that period. The main facade was adorned with light biscuit-colored Doulton ‘carraware’ tiles and had a slender fin-tower feature. The auditorium provided seating for 922 in the stalls and 480 in the circle. However, the narrow proscenium did not adapt well for screening CinemaScope films, and the top masking had to be lowered to create a widescreen effect in later years.

For most of its existence, the S. Graham Circuit of Nottingham ran the Ritz Cinema, which closed on June 8, 1958, with a re-issue presentation of Vincent Price’s “House of Wax.” The building was transformed into a bingo club, which still operates independently to this day. The Ritz Cinema is a Grade II Listed structure.

Paranormal Activity includes.

  • The apparition of past owners/users

  • Knocking, footsteps and sounds of doors opening and cleaning

  • Land Haunting from spirits of land before the Ritz

  • Angry spirit near bar.

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